This weekend I found myself out doors at a newly opened tree climbing Adventure Park. You can find Tree adventures in Richmond. It’s a very nice and quite place with a beautiful backdrop view of the Grose river park.
I think this type of activity is very character building, and fantastic for both kids and adults to see what really happens during times of adversity.
I found it really amusing how I would mentally talk to myself when I came up to each and every obstacle. I’m not afraid of heights, however preconceived ideas on the way some of the obstacles looked when I approached them really played on my mind.
When I approached each obstacle, I thought- how am I going to do that? But I reasoned with myself every time, to just jump in and give it a try, giving myself the option to bail after I finished the course I was on.
You know what? I didn’t bail. I made it though to the highest level- the ultimate black course. Each time I tried, I figured it out and it wasn’t so bad any more. I got through it, and better still I realised the obstacles weren’t so hard as I made it out to be.
Though out life in general when things change or are new, things always seem hard at the start. When the expectation is to just get through it, I always find myself on the other end, contemplating how easy it was.
This is something that we all need to learn in one-way or another. If we always stay in the comfort zone when never experience this degree of hardship where we feel pressured to problem solve and give things a try.
This was one of the worst ones for me, hoping from hanging log to log, which varied in heights and angles. I screamed at one point when I almost slipped off.
It was interesting to watch a few younger kids along the obstacle course struggle with the concept of problem solving without their parents near by or trying to “fix” things.
One little girl was on the course with her father, he went first along the flying fox. Then she had to figure out how to clip into the cable. With all dads coaching from 20m down the flying fox, it took her about 15min to figure out what to do. The results where amazing. She had such a sense of pride and a huge smile on her face when she finally figured it out.
Some times I think these days too many kids are wrapped up in cotton wool and not given the time to experience small difficulties in which they can learn life lessons. This active out door activity is a great opportunity for kids to learn valuable skills in life, in a fun environment. Where people are forgiving and want to help you out if things go wrong.
Not to mention tree climbing it is great for increasing motor development and full body strength, perfect for adults too!
All in all, I recon you should check it out, if you like heights, that is. If not take the kids down, they’ll be occupied for a good 2hrs meanwhile you can sit back at the café drink some coffee or picnic on the grass.